Saturday, December 25, 2010

JBMDL Restaurant Guide - Browns Mills

JBMDL Restaurant Guide

Joint Base McGuire/Dix/Lakehurst

Restaurant Guide to Browns Mills, New Jersey

ALBAS PIZZA – Acme Shopping Center – 893-6808 / 893-6809. (Since 1976) Italian – Pizza – Hoagies – Cheesesteaks, lunch specials, salads, antipastas, lasange, Sicilian specials.

BELLY BUSTERS (Formerly J.C.’s) – 98 Lakehurst Road. 893-7779. Delivers. Under new management, customers take over kitchen. Fresh soups, fried chicken, wings, ribs, hoagies, cheesteaks, poppers, potato logs, ¼ pound hot dogs, chili, French fries, burgers.

BEST BUFFET – Pine Grove Plaza (New Acme Shopping Center) – 735-9300. Chinese. Visa/MC.

BOBO’S CHINESE – Lakehurst Road. 893-1797. Country Lakes Shopping Center. Visa/MC. 11am – 10 pm.

BROTHER’S DINER – 127 Trenton Road – 893-5500. From 6am – 12 midnight. BYOB. Visa/MC. Sam & Cavit prop. []

BURGER KING – Pemberton-Browns Mills-Lakehurst Road – 893-988.

CAROL’S SOUL FOOD – WaWa Shopping Center, Lakehurst Road. Take out Southern chicken, oxtail, collar greens, pies, baked beans, salads, fish, catfish.

CHINA KING – Midtown Plaza Shopping Center. Lakehurst Road. Take out.

CINCO DEMAYO – Pemberton-Browns Mills Road – Old Shopping Center – 735-9904. Mexican take out.

COUNTRY LAKES WAWA – Country Lakes Shopping Center.

COUNTRY LAKES PUB – Chris’ Irish Pub, beer and booze to go, cigars, grill, pool tables, English darts, heated outside smoke deck, spots on TV.

CROWN CHICKEN – Pemberton-Browns Mills Road – Old Shopping Center – 893-9500.

DOMINO’S PIZZA – 100 Lakehurst Road. 893-1600. Deliver.

DUNKIN’DONUTS – Trenton Road. Donuts. Breakfast, Coffee by the pound.

FAMILY PIZZA – Lakehurst Road. 735-0500. Italian pizza, wings, sandwiches. Delivers.

GREAT WALL – Browns Mills Shopping Center – Pemberton-Browns Mills Road . 893-1783

HORNETS NEST – Steak & Seafood House. Lakehurst Road.

JU JU’S – 7 Julistown Road (Wa Wa Shopping Center) Seafood & Soul food Take-Out. 893-2020

KO KO’S – Midtown Plaza Shopping Center – Breakfast, lunch grill. No Hurries here. Food is good and cheap. Service until 2pm. Closed Wednesdays.

LAKESIDE GRILL – (Formally Sonja’s) – Trenton Road. 893-03629. Breakfast Grill. German. Across from St. Ann’s “In the Pines” Catholic Church; Martucci family.

LEVILLA - Browns Mills Shopping Center, Pemberton-Browns Mills Road – 893-7760. Delivers. Visa/MC. Panzoritti.

MARTUCCI’S DELI – 396 Lakehurst Road. (Since 1979). 893-2400/Fax 893-2152. Homemade salads, Boar’s Head cold cuts, coffee, burgers, fried chicken, subs, seafood.

MCDONALDS – Trenton Road – 893-6992. Eat in Take Out, open late, drive through, hot spot for lap tops. Breakfast til ’11.

NO. 1 CHINESE – Mill Village Shopping Center (behind WaWa) 893-8868/893-1960 – (Visa, MC) 11am-10:30pm. Lunch specials.

PAPI’S PIZZA – 558 Lakehurst Road, Country Lakes Shopping Center. 893-5447. Fax. 893-3984. Delivers. Visa/MC/Disc. 11am-10pm.

PIG & WHISTLE – Cold beer and booze to go; Wa Wa Shoping Center – Lakehurst Road, Browns Mills.

QUICK STOP – HUNGRY PINEY DELI – 13 Browns Mills-Pemberton Road. 893-0555/893-0005. Fax 893-0559. Booze and Sandwiches. Delivers.

RICCARDO’S – 567 B Lakehurst Road (Country Lakes) 735-0162 /fax-735-1582. Visa/MC/Ax/Disc. Italian. Pizza, salads, pasta, club sandwiches, hoagies, cheesesteaks, oven baked grinders, wraps, Stromboli, calzones. Fish, veal.

SOPRANO’S PIZZA – Midtown Shopping Center, 519 B. Lakehurst Road. 735-9900. Deliver. Original Panzarotti.

SUBWAY – Lakehurst Road. Eat Fresh Franchise.

TOWN DELI – 336 Lakehurst Road. 893-3889. ATM. Phonecards. NJ Lottery. Best Italian hoagies in town.


BERGER KING – Eat in Take out. Rt. 38 and Bypass Road.
COUNTRY HOUSE – Anapa’s – (Five Stars)
DUNKIN’DONUTS – Rt. 38. And Bypass Road.
JAMESON’S – Bar & Grill.

BUZZ’S TAVERN – Grill, draft beer, outside cafĂ©, near courthouse.
CHARLIE BROWN’S – Burlington Road, 541.
DADZ BAR - & GRILL – Rt. 38. Classic bar, indoor outdoor.
DEMPSTER’S – Sports Bar & Grill. Rt. 38.
MILL STREET SALOON – (Oldest bar in NJ) -
JOHN & MOLLY’S – Bar & Grill. (Formerly Clarkes). Draft beer, good food. Live music on Friday nights.

CHESTERFIELD INN – (1710) 300 year old neighborhood tavern, bar Louisiana grill, fine dining, friendly ghost, former waitress.



KFC – Kentucky Fried Chicken –
YARDONAS – Main Street – Italian.


BROTHER’S DINER – (Old Plumbstead).
TOOTIE’S – Dining Inside. Best icecream, eat in, take out.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Sensory Deprevation Experiments at Stockton


Astronauts do it to prepare for space flight, casino workers do it to relax, athletes do it to refine their concentration, trainers use it to relieve muscle pressure and mental stress, doctors prescribe it to elevate pain, and students do it for college credit.

Originally called sensory deprivation, it has been a scientific research device for decades, and is now being marketed for public use at floatation-relaxation centers.

It is a coffin-like tank with a heavy concentration of Epson salts in a few inches of water that makes for a buoyancy that’s a close to weightlessness as you can get at sea level.

The Philadelphia Eagles used to have one in their locker room to take pressure off the muscles of injured players. Stockton students and teachers built one or academic studies, and Ken Bolis opened the “Float Center” in Atlantic City where most of his clients were anxiety riddled casino workers who have to cut off their sensory input before they short circuit.

Developed in the early 1950s in response to Korean Cold War communist brain washing techniques, isolation tanks were looked upon as a “magic box” cure-al for a number of maladys.

Dr. John C. Lilly began studying sensory deprivation after a Canadian researcher, Donald Habb, discovered that the brain begins to play tricks when a person stops receiving signals from the senses. Solitary confinement has always been recognized as an effective tool in brainwashing and punishment, and Habb’s subjects, lying in bed with their eyes, ears, hands and nose covered, began to hallucinate and became disoriented from laying four days without sensory input.

Lilly’s experiments however, were conducted in tanks of his own devising, with the subject sitting face up floating in a heavily salinated layer of water, which resulted in a not totally unpleasant experience. Subjects who cut off their senses and endured prolonged periods in “Lilly’s Pond” still suffered hallucinations, but durations of short terms were found to produce various positive effects that could be theroputic.

Lilly, a neurophysiologist, biophysicist and psychoanalyst, is better known for his work with dolphins. After performing an autopsy on a dolphin that washed ashore on the east coast, Lilly noticed how similar the marine mammal’s brain was in size and shape to the human brain. That explained the animal’s remarkable intelligence, and stimulated research into its language and inter-species communication.

But Lilly’s sensory deprivation experiments predated his dolphin research, and his theories went against the commonly held belief that sensory deprivation led to terrifying results, mental disturbance and disorientation. Lilly maintained that the hallucinations resulted from the brain trying to maintain an active level while being cut off from stimuli, and in the absence of direct stimuli, programed material stored away in memory banks were called up in the mind’s eye.

Rather than a threat to man’s reason and sanity, he saw it as an opportunity to study the brain and the sub-conscious mind, and possibly use the techniques in therapy, learning and liberating the spirit rather than destroying or controlling it for evil purposes.

Dr. Shelby Broughton, of Ocean City, New Jersey, a chemistry professor at Stockton State College in the 70s and 80s, studied with Lilly and conducted academic research on the effects of isolation at Stockton years ago.

In an interview with Broughton at the time, he said that, “Basically we found that a person gets out of the tank what he expects before he gets into it. What a person wants to get out of the experience , and their predisposition Is important.”

Shelby Broughton first became acquainted with Lilly’s work in the early 1970’s while engaged in inter-disciplinary studies at Stockton when Marine biology students mentioned Lilly’s work with dolphins. “Quite by coincidence,” Broughton explained, “I was sent an application to attend a workshop-seminar with Lilly at the University of California, Berkley that was sponsored by the Esalan Institute.”

Broughton sent it off and was one of 40 participants selected to work with Lilly in the use of the tank, construction methodology and devising possible applications. He returned to Stockton and started a study group of select students who constructed an isolation tank for about $500. “The most expensive component was a water heater,” he said, comparing it to today’s state-of-the-art tanks that cost over $2,000.

While long term sensory deprivation may lead the mind to wander into subconscious crevices in some dark corner of the brain, short periods of time in the tank, or “the box” as the Stockton community came to call it, could be therapeutic.

“The tank is an awareness tool,” Lilly said, “like meditation, like Gestalt, like psychotherapy, like a hammer or a saw,...the tank assists us in a very simple function: it allows us to expand our awareness of our internal state of being.”

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Saint Rubin Amaro, Jr.


Rubin Amaro, Jr.
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The Four Aces

Not Al Alberts and his acapella group from Philly who sang schmaltz songs through the fifties and sixties, but Cliff Lee, Roy Halliday, Roy Oswaldt and Cole Hammels. Now there's Four Aces for you.

As everybody who lives in New Jersey knows and understands, those who live in North Jersey are New York sports fans and support the Yankees, Giants, Mets, Knicks and Devils, while those who live in South Jersey are Philadelphia sports fans, who root for the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and 76ers.

So the news that filtered out of offices of the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers was that they were notified late Monday night that they lost in their bidding war for free agent starting pitcher Cliff Lee, which was surprising because as far as anybody knew they were the only teams in the running for the top prized ace.

To the surprise of practically everybody, Lee turned down six and seven year deals with the Yankees and Rangers for over a hundred and fifty million dollars in order to signe with the Philadelphia Phillies for fifty millions and two years less.

There should be an exclamation point after that statement, but in retrospect, it should be so surprsing since Lee didn't wanted to be traded after helping the Phillies get back to the World Series, only to lose to the Yankees in six games, with Lee winning two.

Lee went to Seatle and then to the Rangers, where he performed similar duties for the Rangers, getting them to the World Series only to lose to the San Fran Giants.

After mentioning more than once that the best time he ever had in baseball was to play for the Phillies and pitch against the Yankees in the World Series, and knowing that his wife had expressed displeasure at having been spit on by Yankee fans, she too pulled some weight in expressing her fondness for Philadelphia.

What's with Philadelphia that would have someone turn down fifty million dollars in order to work and play there?

Cheesesteaks. Tastycakes. Scrapple. South Street. The Four Aces.

Al Alberts and the Four Aces adaquetly represent the schmaltz nature of Philadelphia, where do wop singers can be found singing on street corners outside walk way cheesteak grills.

And for some reason, Cliff Lee, the guy Rubin Amaro, Jr. gave up to get Roy Halliday, has redeemed himself and pulled off the most remarkable deal of the century, bringing Cliff Lee back to Philadelpia.

Oh, yea, Rubin Amaro, Jr., the son of Rubin, Sr., fan favorite, Cuban born shortstop for popular Phillies championship team, later coach while his son was a bat boy, Stanford national champion as leadoff batter, professonal player with three teams, including Phillies, so when he retired from playing, he quickly found a job in the Phillies front office. There he stayed for ten years before taking over the General Manager job shortly after the Phillies won the World Series.

After swinging the deal for Lee, the Philly fans turned on Amaro, questioning his judgements in trading Lee in order to get Halliday, but now, after acquring Oswaldt, and now signing Cliff Lee, Amaro has achieved Saint Status in Philadelphia and South Jersey.

God Bless Rubin Amaro, Jr.